‘The Predator’ Stars Bring Ex-Soldiers’ Dysfunction To Sci-Fri Franchise – Toronto Studio

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Like the ragtag group of ex-soldiers they were playing, the stars of The Predator didn’t know what they were in for, signing up for Shane Black’s 2018 reboot of the franchise—but they were satisfied with where they ended up, and the r…

Next ‘Die Hard’ Movie Has its Title: ‘McClane’

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The next installment in the “Die Hard” franchise will no longer be titled “Year One,” but will bear the title “McClane,” a spokesperson from 20th Century Fox confirmed.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Empire that the film will have a cleaner title than originally thought: “You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in says, ‘McCLANE.’ We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before.”

Moreover, di Bonaventura also addressed speculation that the film will focus more on a younger John McClane.

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“I don’t know how you do ‘Die Hard’ without Bruce,” he told Empire. “The idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his twenties. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.”

Len Wiseman is directing for Fox, based on a script by Carey and Chad Hayes. In October 2015, Wiseman posted an image reading “Die Hard: Year One” on his Twitter account, sparking speculation that that would be the title for the next film.

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The “Die Hard” film series revolves around John McClane, a New York and Los Angeles police detective who constantly finds himself in sticky situations. The first film hit theaters in 1988, with the last, “A Good Day to Die Hard,” released in 2013.

The “Die Hard” films have grossed $502.4 million at the domestic box office.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Writers Say They Shot (But Cut) an ‘Increasingly Violent’ Wade Wilson Suicide Montage

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“Deadpool 2” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick invited Marvel fans to ask them anything on Friday, and the Reddit community didn’t disappoint.

A user named ace22nd posed to the duo: “Any jokes/gags you really wanted to do but couldn’t?”

“One thing we really wanted to see (and actually shot!) was a Deadpool suicide montage, where DP is trying to kill himself over and over in increasingly violent ways (drinking Drano, jumping into a polar bear enclosure), etc.,” they responded during the AMA. “You should be able to see it on the DVD!”

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In case you’re not a fan, Wade Wilson — Deadpool’s public alter-ego — can’t really die due to his accelerated healing factor superpower. Or at the very least, he’s pretty damn hard to kill, try as Cable (Josh Brolin) might.

On Friday, the Twentieth Century Fox film set a new box office record for an R-rated movie opening.

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‘Greatest Showman’ Tops Disc Sales Charts as ‘Last Jedi’ Slips to No. 2

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After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finally ceded the top spot on the national home video sales charts to a new release from 20th Century Fox. “The Greatest Showman,” a musical biopic about circ…

ID Hires Brand Management Exec Lisa Halliday as Chief Communications Officer

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Veteran brand management executive Lisa Halliday is joining ID as chief communications officer, the public relations firm announced Tuesday.

For more than a decade, Halliday was the head of communications and brand strategy for Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Inc., serving on Winfrey’s executive leadership team and spearheading the launch of brands including OWN, O Magazine, Harpo Films and Harpo Productions, as well as the careers of Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz. Prior to Harpo, she held senior positions at Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

In her new position at ID, Halliday will add to all facets of the agency.

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ID also said Tuesday that it had recently promoted several longtime executives to senior vice president, including Allison Elbl (head of ID Music), and Sara Serlen and Harlan Gulko, co-heads of ID Film, TV and Content.

“Lisa has spent most of her career at the summit of entertainment media relations,” said ID founder and CEO Kelly Bush Novak. “She’s at a point in her career where she could go anywhere, and we are beyond thrilled to have her join us at this exciting time in our business. I’ve known Lisa for more than 20 years and beyond her impressive credentials, she is kind, gracious and will fit beautifully within our culture.”

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“There’s something very exciting happening at ID and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Halliday. “Kelly and Mara Buxbaum [ID President] have built a unique and powerful business. The impressive constellation of both established and emerging artists, properties, brands and companies ID represents is certainly a reflection of their strength as visionary media strategists. Their commitment to a work environment that’s built on mentoring and respect ensures the ID team is perpetually the best in the business. And I’m honored to join them.”

ID will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this summer. The agency represents people such as Emily Blunt, Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Donald Glover, John Krasinski, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sean Penn, Janelle Monae, Kumail Nanjiani, Lena Waithe and Michelle Williams. The team has also executed strategic campaigns for films including the recent Oscar-nominated offerings “I, Tonya” and “Lady Bird,” as well as ABC’s upcoming revival of “Roseanne.”

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YouTube Star Kian Lawley Fired From Fox’s ‘The Hate U Give’ After Racist Video Resurfaces

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Twentieth Century Fox has fired YouTube star Kian Lawley from the upcoming film “The Hate U Give” and plans to recast his role after a past video resurfaced of Lawley that included racist comments. “Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in ‘The Hate U Give.’ […]

Diversity Among TV Directors Rises, Fox and Amazon Lead Shift

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Diversity among episodic television directors has increased this past season, with episodes directed by ethnic minorities rising by three percent and episodes directed by women going up by four percentage points, the Directors Guild of America announced Tuesday.

Twenty-two percent of all episodes where directed by ethnic minorities, while 21 percent of all episodes were directed by women. Caucasians (male and female) directed 78 percent of all episodes, while African-Americans directed 13 percent, Asian-Americans helmed 5 percent and Latinos directed 4 percent.

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The DGA’s annual report analyzed 4,500 episodes produced in the 2016-2017 television season, up from 4,061 episodes in the last season.

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Minorities directed 223 more episodes this season than last year’s season, representing a 28 percent increase. Women directed 253 more episodes, which accounts for a 26 percent increase.

Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBC Universal and Amazon held the top four spots in the hiring of directors, with Fox taking the lead in hiring minority directors. Amazon took first place with the hiring of the most female directors, but took the second to last spot in terms of hiring minority directors.

Netflix had the lowest percentage of diverse directors of all studios.

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“While this report, and our recent report on hiring of first-time TV directors, reflect some progress overall, there are stark disparities among the major studios that raise questions about how committed to inclusion some employers really are,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “We want to make sure that every talented individual has an equal shot, and a path forward. But for that to happen, employers must expand their hiring processes to discover the world of capable directors hiding in plain sight. Frankly, it’s hard to understand why they’re not doing more. Even if all the right reasons are not enough for them, they should at least be motivated by the bottom line – inclusion just makes good business sense.”

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman’s Singing & Dancing Ringmaster

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Twentieth Century Fox’s big holiday offering, The Greatest Showman, has unwrapped its second trailer — this time shining a spotlight on star Hugh Jackman’s legendary singing and dancing prowess. The P.T. Barnum-inspired musical and showbiz origins story is directed by Michael Gracey and features original songs by La La Land‘s Oscar winning lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. See a fresh look above.
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20th Century Fox & Locksmith Animation Slate ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ As First Project

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20th Century Fox and UK-based animation studio Locksmith Animation have set Ron’s Gone Wrong as their inaugural animated feature since announcing the multi-year production partnership deal, which is expected to deliver one film every 12-18 months  From directors Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar Story vet J.P. Vine (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), the film’s release is slated for  November 2020.
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Jerrod Carmichael Signs Overall Exclusive Deal With 20th Century Fox

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Twentieth Century Fox isn’t letting go of Jerrod Carmichael just yet.

The studio’s television arm announced Friday that it is signing the creator and star of “The Carmichael Show” to a significant deal, which would allow him to produce projects with his longtime collaborator Ari Katcher under the Morningside Entertainment banner.

Under the deal, Carmichael has the opportunity to write, produce and star in projects for the studio.

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“The end of ‘The Carmichael Show’ was a heartbreak for everyone at this studio, and [Howard Kurtzman, president of business operations] and I swore we’d be back in business with Jerrod if we had anything to say about it,” 20th Century Television president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis said in a statement. “Lucky for us, he said ‘yes.’”

The comedy launched in August 2015 and starred Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier in a fictionalized look at his family.

“The Carmichael Show” often earned praise for tackling difficult issues, including use of the N-word and the ethics behind continuing to enjoy Bill Cosby’s comedy career.

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However, the show was canceled by NBC after three seasons with less-than-stellar ratings. Just before the official announcement, Carmichael said he was leaving.

“This is a guy whose inspiration is Norman Lear and it’s not hard to see why — he speaks about what’s happening in the world and he gets people talking even if the subject matter is uncomfortable. Oh, and he’s also hilarious,” Davis continued. “He’s an incredible talent and a ‘television savant’ and we’re thrilled he’s making 20th his exclusive home.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Aidan Gillen Joins ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as Queen’s Manager

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“Game of Thrones” star Aidan Gillen has joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Twentieth Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films announced Tuesday.

Gillen will play John Reid, who served as manager of Mercury’s band Queen from 1975 to 1978. Also joining the cast is Tom Hollander, who will play Jim Beach, who took over as manager in 1978.

Rami Malek stars as the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. He is joined by Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joe Mazzello and Lucy Boynton.

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The movie will follow Queen from the band’s inception in 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until Mercury’s famous 1985 performance at the Live Aid benefit concert.

Malek joined the long-gestating project from producer Graham King of GK Films last November, following Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw, who had both previously been attached to play the flamboyant pop star.

Justin Haythe (“Red Sparrow”) penned the script with King, Beach and Singer producing. Denis O’Sullivan, Arnon Milchan, and Jane
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Gillen is best known for portraying Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

His other recent credits include “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and “Peaky Blinders.” He will next star in “James and Lucia.”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.

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Anthony Mackie & Kian Lawley Round Out ‘The Hate U Give’ Cast

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Won’t Make ‘Predator’ Reboot Unless ‘They Rewrite It’

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he won’t return to the “Predator” franchise in Shane Black’s upcoming reboot unless changes are made.

“They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered,” he told Yahoo Movies.

The actor added: “Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that.”

TheWrap can confirm that Dutch Schaefer, Schwarzenegger’s character from the John McTiernan-directed 1987 original, appears at the very end of Black and Fred Dekker’s latest screenplay draft for the reboot. Schaefer gets a very short cameo in the scene, saying just two lines that set up a sequel. The fact that Schwarzenegger is irked over his screen-time makes sense when taking that into consideration.

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“The Predator” is slated by 20th Century Fox for a 2018 release and will be the first installment in the “Predator” series since 2007’s “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.” Black last directed Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the crime comedy “The Nice Guys.”

In the original “Predator,” Schwarzenegger played the leader of an elite special forces team on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America — before being hunted down by an advance alien life form.

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Jordan Peele, Damien Chazelle, Oprah to Headline Produced By 2017

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Breakout filmmaking sensation Jordan Peele, reigning Best Director Oscar winner Damien Chazelle and icon Oprah Winfrey lead an impressive pack of speakers for the 2017 Produced By Conference.

The annual Los Angeles get-together from the Producer’s Guild of America brings together content-makers to talk challenges, network and take victory laps — this year at the 20th Century Fox, from June 10-11.

Those luminaries will be joined by Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, and 21 Laps Entertainment Founder Shawn Levy.

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Peele will sit for a breakout conversation on his racial horror phenomenon “Get Out,” his Peabody Award-winning Comedy Central series with Keegan-Michael Key and the future of his Monkeypaw Productions.

Oprah and DuVernay will talk their creative partnership as executive producers on the critically-acclaimed OWN series “Queen Sugar,” and other topics like leadership in a changing media landscape. 

Levy and 21 Laps principals Dan Cohen and Dan Levine (fresh off “Arrival”), Chazelle and Sarandos will also discuss their respective gigs and the industry at large.

See TheWrap’s previous ProducedBy Conference coverage, and read the 2017 program descriptions here:

“360 Profile: 21 Laps Entertainment” is a roundtable with the production company’s Founder and Principal Shawn Levy, President Dan Levine and Executive Vice President Dan Cohen, to discuss projects such as the Oscar®-nominated feature film “Arrival,” the hit box office franchise “Night at the Museum,” and the critically-acclaimed Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

“Conversation With: Damien Chazelle” features an in-depth discussion with the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker about the director/producer collaboration on his critically-acclaimed films “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” “Whiplash,” and “La La Land.”

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“Conversation With: Jordan Peele” invites the Emmy®-winning producer/director/writer/actor to share reflections on creating such widely admired projects as his directorial debut “Get Out” and the popular Peabody Award-winning TV sketch series “Key & Peele,” as well as diving into the future for his Monkeypaw Productions.

“Conversation With: Ted Sarandos” features an in-depth discussion with Netflix’s Chief Content Officer who led the transformation of the digital company into an original content powerhouse that is changing the rules of how serialized television is produced, released and distributed globally.

“Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay” brings together the global media leader and Oscar-nominated filmmaker for a discussion about their creative partnership as executive producers on their critically-acclaimed OWN television show “Queen Sugar,” and their approach to leadership both on the set and within the industry.

Produced By 2017 features a broad range of programming, including mentoring roundtables, workshops and networking events. In addition to the “Conversations With…” and “360 Profile” series, PBC’s conference panels encompass an incredible variety of topics. The program to date includes the following sessions: “360 Profile: 21 Laps Entertainment” is a roundtable with the production company’s Founder and Principal Shawn Levy, President Dan Levine and Executive Vice President Dan Cohen, to discuss projects such as the Oscar®-nominated feature film “Arrival,” the hit box office franchise “Night at the Museum,” and the critically-acclaimed Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

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“Conversation With: Damien Chazelle” features an in-depth discussion with the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker about the director/producer collaboration on his critically-acclaimed films “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” “Whiplash,” and “La La Land.”

“Conversation With: Jordan Peele” invites the Emmy®-winning producer/director/writer/actor to share reflections on creating such widely admired projects as his directorial debut “Get Out” and the popular Peabody Award-winning TV sketch series “Key & Peele,” as well as diving into the future for his Monkeypaw Productions.

“Conversation With: Ted Sarandos” features an in-depth discussion with Netflix’s Chief Content Officer who led the transformation of the digital company into an original content powerhouse that is changing the rules of how serialized television is produced, released and distributed globally.

“Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay” brings together the global media leader and Oscar-nominated filmmaker for a discussion about their creative partnership as executive producers on their critically-acclaimed OWN television show “Queen Sugar,” and their approach to leadership both on the set and within the industry.

Produced By 2017 features a broad range of programming, including mentoring roundtables, workshops and networking events. In addition to the “Conversations With…” and “360 Profile” series, PBC’s conference panels encompass an incredible variety of topics.

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Fox’s Stacey Snider Mulls New Approach to Cash Break-Even Deals

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Twentieth Century Fox Film chairman Stacey Snider is reconsidering the studio’s approach to cash break-even deals. In a Q&A with entertainment-industry attorney Ken Ziffren on Saturday at UCLA Law School, she suggested the possibility of recalculating how these deals are done is necessary given the widening gulf between the biggest blockbuster films and the rest… Read more »

‘Logan’ Drew Concerns at Fox Over Dark Tone, Says Studio Chief

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A tonal shift in “Logan,” the final film in the “Wolverine” franchise, drew concerns internally that it would be too dark, according to Twentieth Century Fox Film chairman Stacey Snider. “Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film,” she said in a Q&A at the Recode Media conference Tuesday… Read more »